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Healthy Oatmeal Peanut Butter Smoothie

2017 October 17
by Emily Hill

This oatmeal peanut butter smoothie tastes like a delicious oatmeal peanut butter cookie but is a heck of a lot healthier!

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Healthy Oatmeal Peanut Butter Smoothie -- This oatmeal peanut butter smoothie tastes like a delicious oatmeal peanut butter cookie but is a heck of a lot healthier! | isthisreallymylife.com


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I know it’s pumpkin spice everything right now. Heck, I already have a delicious pumpkin spice protein smoothie on the blog. But sometimes you want something other than pumpkin spice but just as full of fall flavor. Oh, and it should taste super unhealthy while being totally healthy.

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Healthy Oatmeal Peanut Butter Smoothie -- This oatmeal peanut butter smoothie tastes like a delicious oatmeal peanut butter cookie but is a heck of a lot healthier! | isthisreallymylife.com

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This healthy oatmeal peanut butter smoothie tastes pretty darn close to a peanut butter oatmeal cookie only without all the calories, sugar and fat. It has banana, almond milk, rolled oats, Greek yogurt, peanut butter powder and honey as the sweetener. What it doesn’t have is the chewiness of an old-fashioned oatmeal cookie, but that’s okay because it’s the holidays and you’ll have plenty of opportunities for indulging in baked goods!

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Healthy Oatmeal Peanut Butter Smoothie -- This oatmeal peanut butter smoothie tastes like a delicious oatmeal peanut butter cookie but is a heck of a lot healthier! | isthisreallymylife.com

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If you want a slightly thicker, creamier texture, you can try all-natural peanut butter instead of peanut butter powder. I prefer my Purely Inspired Powdered Peanut Butter, but you do whatever floats your smoothie boat! (I’m also a fan of raw & unfiltered honey, but feel free to use whatever you have in your pantry.)

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Healthy Oatmeal Peanut Butter Smoothie -- This oatmeal peanut butter smoothie tastes like a delicious oatmeal peanut butter cookie but is a heck of a lot healthier! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Printable recipe for healthy oatmeal peanut butter smoothie below. Enjoy!
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Oatmeal Peanut Butter Smoothie
 
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This oatmeal peanut butter smoothie tastes like a delicious oatmeal peanut butter cookie but is a heck of a lot healthier!
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Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: Healthy
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • ½ cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 banana, frozen (preferably in thirds or quarters)
  • 2 T peanut butter powder
  • 2 tsp honey
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon (or to taste)
Instructions
  1. Place oats in blender and blend until a fine powder. Add almond milk and allow oats to soften 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

 
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Wicked Witch “Flying Monkeys” Free Halloween Printable + Cut Files

2017 October 11
by Emily Hill

These Wizard of Oz-inspired Wicked Witch “flying monkeys” Halloween printable and cut files add a wickedly humorous touch to your Halloween.

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Wicked Witch Flying Monkeys Free Halloween Printable + Cut Files -- These Wizard of Oz-inspired Wicked Witch Halloween printable and cut files add a wickedly humorous touch to your Halloween decor. | isthisreallymylife.com


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I don’t put up many Halloween decorations, not because I don’t enjoy the holiday but because I’m way too lazy to haul down the fall decor bucket from the top shelf of the garage. But there are a couple items I try to display every year, and one of them is a small wooden sign with this awesome quote from the Wicked Witch of the West.

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Wicked Witch Flying Monkeys Free Halloween Printable + Cut Files -- These Wizard of Oz-inspired Wicked Witch Halloween printable and cut files add a wickedly humorous touch to your Halloween decor. | isthisreallymylife.com


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I’ve wanted to create a larger version I could display in the family room, so I designed this simple printable you can frame. To download the free Wicked Witch “flying monkeys” Halloween printable click on the above image (or the link below the image) and save the file to your desktop. But before you do, please read the following rules:

  • Is This Really My Life printables are for personal use only.
  • If you decide to re-post or use the image, you MUST cite the source and include a link to this post.
  • Personalization and customizations are not available on free printables; they’re offered “as-is.”

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I’m also an overachiever and couldn’t stop with a printable. I went ahead and turned this Wicked Witch “flying monkeys” quote into a cut file so I could put it on a t-shirt and tote bag.

I’d have put it on a pillow cover but I haven’t the first idea where to buy one; my pillows always come pre-assembled. LOL

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Wicked Witch Flying Monkeys Free Halloween Printable + Cut Files -- These Wizard of Oz-inspired Wicked Witch Halloween printable and cut files add a wickedly humorous touch to your Halloween decor. | isthisreallymylife.com

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Wicked Witch Flying Monkeys Free Halloween Printable + Cut Files -- These Wizard of Oz-inspired Wicked Witch Halloween printable and cut files add a wickedly humorous touch to your Halloween decor. | isthisreallymylife.com

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It’s so not too late to make these super simple Halloween crafts. Heck, if I can do it in an evening, you can do it in, like, 6 1/2 minutes! Here’s what you’ll need to make the gift tags:

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And here’s how to make your Wicked Witch “flying monkeys” Halloween t-shirt or tote:

  1. Download the t-shirt and/or tote cut files.
  2. Upload the design to your design software and size it to whatever works best. Don’t forget to mirror the image so the text appears backwards on the screen! I forgot to do this and had to re-cut the t-shirt vinyl. Gah!
  3. Feed the heat transfer vinyl into your machine matte side up. Select heat transfer vinyl in the media menu and cut.
  4. Peel the negative space in the design from the plastic backing; you should have only the words left on the clear plastic transfer sheet.
    Heat your iron on the cotton/linen (highest) setting.
  5. Position the design on the t-shirt or tote face down so the clear transfer sheet is on top. (Text should be facing the right direction.)
  6. Place a piece of parchment paper or Teflon sheet over the design. Use the heated iron and press FIRMLY on top of the design for 45-60 seconds.
  7. Remove the iron and paper and gently peel up the transfer sheet. If the vinyl continues to stick to the sheet, replace the cloth and iron again making sure to apply heavy pressure.

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Do you have a favorite Halloween quote? I’d love to hear what it is!

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Homemade Minestrone Soup

2017 October 6
by Emily Hill

This homemade minestrone soup is chock full of flavor thanks to lots of fresh vegetables, herbs and coarsely chopped pancetta.

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Minestrone soup will always remind me of my mom because it was her soup of choice when I was growing up. I didn’t acquire a proper appreciation for minestrone soup until I was older. Now I have no problem savoring every rich, hearty bite, especially when it’s full of so many yummy things like carrots, celery, pancetta, potatoes, Swiss chard, pancetta. Did I mention it has pancetta?

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Homemade Minestrone Soup -- This homemade minestrone soup is chock full of flavor thanks to lots of fresh vegetables, herbs and coarsely chopped pancetta. | isthisreallymylife.com #recipe #soup

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This homemade minestrone soup has a solid list of ingredients, but don’t let it deter you from giving it a try. All that work is totally worth it; this is quite possibly the best minestrone soup I’ve tasted.

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Homemade Minestrone Soup -- This homemade minestrone soup is chock full of flavor thanks to lots of fresh vegetables, herbs and coarsely chopped pancetta. | isthisreallymylife.com #recipe #soup

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With the weather getting chillier, you’ll want this recipe close by. Sure, chicken noodle soup is the soup of choice when those nasty winter colds hit, but you’re gonna want to mix it up a little. This homemade minestrone soup is a perfect—and tasty—alternative. Oh, and with all that soup making, I recommend investing in a good stock pot if you don’t have one already. This 12-quart stock pot is a great option!

Printable recipe for homemade minestrone soup below. Enjoy!
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Homemade Minestrone Soup
 
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This homemade minestrone soup is chock full of flavor thanks to lots of fresh vegetables, herbs and coarsely chopped pancetta.
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Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 2 to 3 T olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 6 to 8 ounces coarsely chopped pancetta
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ lb Swiss chard, stems trimmed and leaves coarsely chopped
  • 1 russet potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 (14½-oz) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 fresh rosemary sprig
  • 1 (15-oz) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (32-oz) carton low-sodium beef broth
  • 1 (15-0z) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a heavy large stock pot over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, celery, pancetta and garlic. Saute until onion is translucent, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the Swiss chard and potato; saute for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes and rosemary sprig. Simmer until the chard is wilted and the tomatoes break down, about 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, blend ¾ cup of the beans with ¼ cup of the broth in a blender or food processor until almost smooth.
  5. Add the pureed bean mixture, remaining broth to the vegetable mixture. Simmer until the potato pieces are tender, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. Stir in remaining whole canellini beans, kidney beans and parsley. Simmer until the beans are heated through and the soup is thick, about 2 minutes.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Discard rosemary sprig. Ladle the soup into bowls, top with Parmesan cheese and serve.

 
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Candy-Coated Rolo Pretzel Pumpkins

2017 September 27
by Emily Hill

Rolo pretzels get a Halloween makeover! Candy-coated Rolo pretzel pumpkins require few ingredients and far less time than their carved counterparts!

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Candy-Coated Rolo Pretzel Pumpkins -- Rolo pretzels get a Halloween makeover! Candy-coated Rolo pretzel pumpkins require few ingredients and far less time than their carved counterparts! | isthisreallymylife.com


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After those easy last-minute Nutter Butter ghosts I made last year, I couldn’t wait to make another Halloween treat involving something yummy dipped in something else yummy and decorated with cute facial expressions. I’m pretty sure these candy-coated Rolo pretzel pumpkins were a successful second round.

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Candy-Coated Rolo Pretzel Pumpkins -- Rolo pretzels get a Halloween makeover! Candy-coated Rolo pretzel pumpkins require few ingredients and far less time than their carved counterparts! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Pretzel twists are naturally pumpkin shaped, and smashing melted Rolos between two tiny pretzel twists is always a great idea. Coating those Rolo pretzels in almond bark felt like a natural step after tasting the deliciousness of those Nutter Butter ghosts and krispie treat fireworks pops.

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Candy-Coated Rolo Pretzel Pumpkins -- Rolo pretzels get a Halloween makeover! Candy-coated Rolo pretzel pumpkins require few ingredients and far less time than their carved counterparts! | isthisreallymylife.com

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These candy-coated Rolo pretzel pumpkins have an extremely short list of ingredients (even shorter if you decide not to decorate): pretzels, Rolos, almond bark, soft gel paste food coloring (you can’t color almond bark with traditional water-based coloring), gel icing (or edible markers). That’s it! They’re super easy to make, though dipping and decorating does take a bit of time. But you could totally skip the facial expressions or let the kids takeover. The former is quickest but the latter would make for some pretty interesting pumpkins!

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I found the best way to get those little pretzel stems to stay put was to gently press them into the candy coating and blow a half dozen times or so on the coating. That usually kept them in place. You could leave off the stems but I think they add the perfect touch!

Printable recipe for candy-coated Rolo pretzel pumpkins below. Enjoy!

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Candy-Coated Rolo Pretzel Pumpkins -- Rolo pretzels get a Halloween makeover! Candy-coated Rolo pretzel pumpkins require few ingredients and far less time than their carved counterparts! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Candy-Coated Rolo Pretzel Pumpkins
 
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Rolo pretzels get a Halloween makeover! Candy-coated Rolo pretzel pumpkins require few ingredients and far less time than their carved counterparts! Makes 48 pumpkins.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 96 tiny pretzel twists plus more for stems
  • 48 Rolo candies, unwrapped
  • 1½ (24-oz) packages vanilla almond bark
  • Orange soft gel paste food coloring*
  • Black gel icing or black food coloring markers
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place tiny pretzel twists in one layer on baking sheet. Place one Rolo on top of each pretzel.
  3. Bake for 2 minutes. Remove from oven and place another pretzel on top; gently press down.
  4. Place cookie sheet in freezer for 10 minutes to set chocolate.
  5. Melt almond bark according to package direction. Add desired amount of soft gel paste to color the candy coating orange.
  6. Use a fork to dip Rolo pretzels in melted coating; turn to coat evenly. Remove and gently tap fork to remove extra coating.
  7. Placing on parchment paper and add a piece of pretzel for the stem. (You can gently blow a few times on the stem to help set it in the coating.)
  8. Decorate with black gel icing (or food coloring markers). Store in an airtight container.
Notes
* Almond bark does not react well to traditional water-based food coloring. You will need to use coloring in oil, powder or paste. Check the blog post for a link to the soft gel paste food coloring I used in this recipe.

 
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Easy Iced Spice Cookies

2017 September 20
by Emily Hill

Cream cheese is the secret ingredient that makes these easy iced spice cookies super soft and chewy. Vanilla icing makes them extra yummy!

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Easy Iced Spice Cookies -- Cream cheese is the secret ingredient that makes these easy iced spice cookies super soft and chewy. Vanilla icing makes them extra yummy! | isthisreallymylife.com


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What can I say more about these easy iced spice cookies other than they’re quick, simple and full of spice cake flavor.

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Easy Iced Spice Cookies -- Cream cheese is the secret ingredient that makes these easy iced spice cookies super soft and chewy. Vanilla icing makes them extra yummy! | isthisreallymylife.com

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The crazy ingredient that makes these easy iced spice cookies so soft and chewy is cream cheese. YES! Cream cheese! I’ve used it in these cream cheese sugar cookies and these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. It’s rather delightful.

Speaking of surprise ingredients, have you seen the recipe for my best ever macaroni salad?

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Easy Iced Spice Cookies -- Cream cheese is the secret ingredient that makes these easy iced spice cookies super soft and chewy. Vanilla icing makes them extra yummy! | isthisreallymylife.com

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This recipe for iced spice cookies is similar to the aforementioned pumpkin chocolate chip cookies but instead of pumpkin cake mix, it uses spice cake mix. And instead of chocolate chips, these cookies are topped with an easy vanilla icing—the same icing used on my famous old-fashioned iced oatmeal cookies. It’s so dang good!

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Easy Iced Spice Cookies -- Cream cheese is the secret ingredient that makes these easy iced spice cookies super soft and chewy. Vanilla icing makes them extra yummy! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Printable recipe for easy iced spice cookies below. Enjoy!
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Easy Iced Spice Cookies
 
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Cream cheese is the secret ingredient that makes these easy iced spice cookies super soft and chewy. Vanilla icing makes them extra yummy! Yields about 2 dozen cookies.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: cookies
Serves: 12
Ingredients
Cookies
  • 1 (15.25-oz) package spice cake mix
  • ½ cup salted butter, softened
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 (8-oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 large egg
Icing
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 to 3 T milk
Instructions
Cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Beat butter, vanilla, egg and cream cheese until fluffy (about 2 to 3 minutes).
  3. Add cake mix and beat until combined.
  4. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto nonstick cookie sheet. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until just set.
  5. Cool 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Icing
  1. Whisk together powdered sugar and milk until smooth. If too thick, add more sugar; too thin, more milk.
  2. Turn cookie upside down and dip in icing. Turn right-side up and allow glaze to set before storing. Store in an airtight container for up to one week.

 
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Witch Hat Halloween Krispie Treats

2017 September 14
by Emily Hill

Witch hat Halloween krispie treats are always a hit at Halloween parties. These spooktacular Halloween treats require only 4 ingredients + a cookie cutter!

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These witch hat Halloween krispie treats don’t require a long blog post because they’re ridiculously simple to make. And halle-freakin-lujah for easy Halloween treats because we have far more important things on which to spend our energy.

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Witch Hat Halloween Krispie Treats -- Witch hat Halloween krispie treats are always a hit at Halloween parties. These spooktacular Halloween treats require only 4 ingredients + a cookie cutter! | isthisreallymylife.com

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I’m talking about that last-minute gumball machine or Minecraft costume your child needs for the school Halloween parade. Good luck convincing them a pillowcase makes the most ghoulish ghost.

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Witch Hat Halloween Krispie Treats -- Witch hat Halloween krispie treats are always a hit at Halloween parties. These spooktacular Halloween treats require only 4 ingredients + a cookie cutter! | isthisreallymylife.com

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These witch hat Halloween krispie treats require only four ingredients: Cocoa Krispies, mini marshmallows, butter and those disgusting fruit rolls all the kids love.

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Witch Hat Halloween Krispie Treats -- Witch hat Halloween krispie treats are always a hit at Halloween parties. These spooktacular Halloween treats require only 4 ingredients + a cookie cutter! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Four ingredients plus a witch hat cookie cutter (I bought this set because I loved the bat!) and you’ll have the dang cutest Halloween treats you’ve ever seen. Okay, almost the dang cutest because these Nutter Butter ghosts still have my Halloween heart.

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Witch Hat Halloween Krispie Treats -- Witch hat Halloween krispie treats are always a hit at Halloween parties. These spooktacular Halloween treats require only 4 ingredients + a cookie cutter! | isthisreallymylife.com

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The kids devoured this chocolate krispie treats as did a few adults, so I’m not exaggerating when I say they’re delicious. If you’re not a fan of fruit rolls, you could always frost them. But the frosting could get all kinds of smashed when those witch hats are on their way to the dead man’s party.

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Witch Hat Halloween Krispie Treats -- Witch hat Halloween krispie treats are always a hit at Halloween parties. These spooktacular Halloween treats require only 4 ingredients + a cookie cutter! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Printable recipe for witch hat Halloween krispie treats below. Enjoy!
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Witch Hat Halloween Krispie Treats
 
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Witch hat Halloween krispie treats are always a hit at Halloween parties. These spooktacular Halloween treats require only 4 ingredients + a cookie cutter! Makes approximately 12 hats depending on the size of your cookie cutter.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 3 T salted butter
  • 1 (10-oz) package mini marshmallows
  • 6 cups Kellogg's Cocoa Krispies cereal
  • 2 fruit rolls (e.g., Fruit by the Foot)
Instructions
  1. Lightly spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat.
  3. Add marshmallows and stir frequently until completely melted. Remove from heat and fold in Kellogg's Cocoa Krispies.
  4. Transfer contents to baking dish. Use waxed paper (or your fingers) lightly greased with cooking spray or butter to firmly press mixture in pan until evenly distributed.
  5. Use cookie cutter to cut into witch hats.
  6. Unroll fruit roll. Use a pizza cutter to cut in half lengthwise and then cut into approximately 3" sections (just long enough to wrap around the hat).
  7. Wrap sections of fruit roll around the hat and press together in back to seal. Cover with plastic wrap or keep in an airtight container until ready to serve so they don't dry out.

 
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Easy Fluffy Pumpkin Dip

2017 September 7
by Emily Hill

This pumpkin dip is full of pumpkin spice flavor and super easy to make. It’s so creamy, fluffy and yummy you’ll want to serve it at every holiday party!

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Easy Fluffy Pumpkin Dip -- This pumpkin dip is full of pumpkin spice flavor and super easy to make. It is so creamy, fluffy and yummy you'll want to serve it at every holiday party! | isthisreallymylife.com #pumpkin #recipe

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This easy fluffy pumpkin dip is always a huge hit at holiday parties. I don’t know if it’s because it’s super creamy and fluffy (yes, it’s both at the same time!) or because it’s highly addictive when paired with gingersnaps.

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Easy Fluffy Pumpkin Dip -- This pumpkin dip is full of pumpkin spice flavor and super easy to make. It is so creamy, fluffy and yummy you'll want to serve it at every holiday party! | isthisreallymylife.com #pumpkin #recipe

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Maybe it’s super popular because you can’t tell if it’s an appetizer or dessert but since it’s full of pumpkin flavor, you feel like it can’t be all that bad for you. I mean, it has canned pumpkin, which we all know is a fruit. It’s like a super healthy side dish. Or something.

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Easy Fluffy Pumpkin Dip -- This pumpkin dip is full of pumpkin spice flavor and super easy to make. It is so creamy, fluffy and yummy you'll want to serve it at every holiday party! | isthisreallymylife.com #pumpkin #recipe

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One of the best things about this easy fluffy pumpkin dip—other than it takes 5 minutes to make—is the ingredients list includes things you can easily keep on hand in case you remember you’re supposed to bring an appetizer to a holiday party … and it’s in less than an hour. Not that I’d know what that’s like…

*cough*

This pumpkin dip is best served with the aforementioned gingersnaps, but you could totally try homemade cinnamon tortilla chips, graham crackers (cinnamon graham crackers!), mini bagels or anything that would complement the sweet pumpkin spice flavor.

Printable recipe for easy fluffy pumpkin dip below. Enjoy!
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Easy Fluffy Pumpkin Dip
 
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This pumpkin dip is full of pumpkin spice flavor and super easy to make. It's so creamy, fluffy and yummy you'll want to serve it at every holiday party!
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Ingredients
  • 1 (8-oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1 (15-oz) can pumpkin
  • 1 T pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 T cinnamon
  • Gingersnaps
Instructions
  1. Blend cream cheese and powdered sugar in a medium bowl until smooth.
  2. Mix in pumpkin gradually.
  3. Stir in cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice until smooth and well blended.
  4. Chill until ready to serve.

 
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